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Patriot Games to raise money for books

A fundraiser for a middle school library, themed after a bestselling novel, has students, staff, teachers and administrators taking on dares from kissing a pig to going bald.

Organizers of the Scholastic Book Fair at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1407 Sunset Ave., are hoping to sell $3,000 worth of books and merchandise. If sales meet the goal, the school would be able to keep 60 percent of the proceeds.Educators would be thrilled as it would mean buying new books for the library, and more choices for students, said Hal Raines, who teaches digital media at TJ.

“We really need these books for our kids. The way academics are going, they really need to read more, not less, and the kids love to read,” said Raines.

In previous years, book fair sales raked in about $1,200, and at that rate TJ was allowed to keep 30 percent of the proceeds, said digital media teacher Peter Chaney. As of Friday, that amount had already been surpassed and almost doubled at $2,200, said Chrissan Dominguez, the library media technician...


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